Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas everyone and a successful New Year

It's customary at this time of year to review what we have achieved and plan for the coming year.

As I have had another particularly poor year I am going to skip the first part of the process and just look forward optimistically and plan for what has got to be a better year.

My hamstring problems have not disappeared but at least now seem to be under control.  Over the last two weeks I have hit the dizzy heights of 50 mile per week and a short speed session - progress indeed!

As mentioned in an earlier post I intend to run the North East Masters Cross Country Championships at the beginning of February. 

This will probably be my first race back, proper, although I also intend to possibly fit in a race before that and definitely a couple of Parkruns just to get back into the habit.

In the meantime - wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fast and painful or painfully slow

That seems to be my choice at the moment.

Over the past 7 or so weeks I have tried rest, massage, foam roller, sports massage, stretching and pilates but still my hamstring problems continue.  I have found, fortunately, that as long as I keep to a steady rhythm and don't stretch out to much that I can continue to run.  Although the icy paths on Monday didn't do much to help.

They may not be fast but at least I am still getting some miles in.  So, hopefully at least I will have a base to work from once I can start doing some faster stuff.

Currently I am not looking to far ahead, with regards to targets etc. but hopefully I will be in some sort of shape by the time the NE Masters Cross Country Champs come around at the beginning of February.

Monday, 1 December 2014

World Masters

Reading the Athletics Weekly over the past few weeks there have been a couple of articles about London bidding for the 2018 World Masters Championships. It would have been great to run in the Olympic Stadium but alas it is not to be, as they seemingly can guarantee use of the stadium for only one of the required 12 days!

However it appears that Cardiff are coming to the rescue as they consider making a bid for the event.

I have competed at the World Masters on two occasions.  Firstly as an M40, when the event was held for the first time in Britain, at Gateshead in 1999.  I was entered for the 10000 m and marathon.  Unfortunately I picked up a virus in the lead up so did not start the marathon.  I did however turn out in the 10000, finishing 13th in 33.54.

The second occasion was as an M45, this time in Puerto Rico.  This time I ran in the cross country and again in the 10000m.  The cross country was over 8km on a flat lapped course adjacent to a beach that would have been perfect for those old Bounty adverts on the TV.  Held at 6am to avoid the heat of the day, I finished in 8th place.

A few days later the 10000m was held on a wet and windy evening.  This time I finished 6th in 35.26.

If Cardiff are successful I will be 61 years old, so towards the younger end of my age group.  So I am thinking this could become another longer term target.

As far as my running goes at present, I am unfortunately battling against a re-occurrence of hamstring problems but hopefully I can get things sorted ready for a fresh start in the new year.